A member of BCCI Apex Council has confirmed that India will host England in a day-night Test in January-February next year. The decision was taken after the BCCI’s Apex Council meeting in Delhi on Sunday (February 16).
The home test against England will be hosted by the newly built Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera. This will also be its first Test match after the renovation. The Stadium will be the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1,10,000 people. BCCI has invited the US President Donald Trump to inaugurate the stadium on February 24.
Indian team, which were reluctant to the idea of Day Night tests until Sourav Ganguly came to the picture as president of BCCI, has also agreed to play a day-night test on the tour of Australia at the end of this year. The day-night test against Bangladesh at Eden Garden’s has a major role in team India’s acceptance to play pink ball day night tests away from home.
A successful outing in that test, ensured the players of their capacity. And Indian Captain Virat Kohli also accepted the challenge of playing a Day-Night Test ahead of the three-match ODI series against Australia at home last month.
“We’re ready and up for the challenge – whether it’s Gabba, Perth… it doesn’t matter to us. It’s become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we’re open to playing day-night Tests,” Virat had said.
Mind you, this is the same Indian Team that had rejected Cricket Australia’s proposal to play a pink-ball Test on their 2018-19 tour of Australia. Captain Virat Kohli after the series had also admitted that due to lack of exposure, they were not prepared for a Day Night test at that time.
Recently, during Australia’s recent visit to India for three ODIs, Cricket Australia CA Earl Eddings also had with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah about the same. After the meeting, He had also praised BCCI president S Ganguly’s approach and positive thinking towards the game and its future. India will play four Tests on the tour, with Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in line to host the day-nighter.